A single female rabbit will have between 1 to 14 rabbits in a litter, but the average number per litter is 6. The litter size may vary from rabbit to rabbit and some babies may be born weaker than others. Once your rabbit has given birth, it may be weeks before you get a really accurate count.
The process of introducing two rabbits is known as bonding. As every rabbit is different and has its own personality, you cannot guarantee that two rabbits will bond. However, rabbits are gregarious and therefore predisposed to living together so the chances are good that the rabbits will get along.
The gestation period for a rabbit is roughly just 30 days, and they can breed again nearly immediately after birth. That means that a rabbit can have 11 or 12 litters of bunnies every year, but that’s not a wise choice when you’re raising rabbits.
Rabbits fighting to the death is most likely to happen between two unneutered male rabbits. Deadly fights between two female rabbits are far less common. Factors that increase the risk of fights include, one rabbit being a larger breed, one rabbit being younger, or one rabbit being older.
According to the University of Miami, a rabbit will give birth to 1-14 kits in her first litter, with the average being 6. It’s unlikely that all of these baby rabbits will survive. A first -time mother may fail to care for her young, so you must ensure that kits are kept warm and well-fed.
Mother Rabbits Eating Their Young. People that raise a lot of rabbits occasionally come across a doe that eats her young. If this is her first or second litter, she may be forgiven for she knoweth not what she doeth. But if she eats babies with each litter, there’s no sense in breeding her anymore.
Rabbits can live alone, but you’ll need to provide your pet with the attention (company, petting, grooming, exercise, playing, and enrichment) that a bonded rabbit partner would provide. It’s always advisable to keep rabbits in pairs. If you can find a pair of rabbits that are already bonded, so much the better.
A domesticated pet rabbit will understand and mirror the emotions of their owner. If you ‘ re happy, you ‘ ll find your rabbit reflecting this joy. If you are withdrawn and depressed, a rabbit will express concern for your predicament. In turn, you ‘ ll need to manage your own emotions around rabbits, lest they imitate them.
Company. Rabbits are naturally sociable, so they need companionship of their own kind. It is easiest if rabbits are kept together from birth, but rabbits less than 12 weeks old will usually live together happily. The best combination is a neutered male and a neutered female.
Even benign over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen can kill your rabbit. Simply don’t leave them laying around in your rabbit’s areas. Insecticide poisoning is much more common than you might think. Almost all bug killers will also kill your rabbit, some in very small doses.
Why do rabbits fall off after mating? Well, it’s a sign of success. Unless the grunting and falling have happened, then copulation has not actually occurred. Again, this is why you will want to pay attention once you place the two rabbits together.
Generally, rabbits bite because they have a need to assert dominance, defend their food, or protect themselves from a predator. A dominant rabbit may bite an owner for no apparent reason. Indoor rabbits may suddenly nip at their owner’s hands and/or feet when they move too close to the rabbit’s territory.
The second reason, as sad as it is true, is that other rabbits will often kill the baby bunnies, especially a male rabbit because he wants the female to go into heat again so they can breed, which won’t happen while she’s nursing babies.
You may find that a female rabbit kills some of her young, but not others. This could be through active deed or neglect. She may divide her young into two groups and only feed one group.